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Homework Help: Reversing the order of integration

  1. May 1, 2010 #1
    Hi Im trying to evaluate a line integral, and i need to reverse the order of integration, i'll call the function f(x) as it doesnt matter too much. and the bounds are:

    double integral f(x) dxdy where inner integral is from x=y^2/a to x=y and the outer integral is from y=0 to y=a (where a is a positive constant)

    talk about a headache! ive done the best i can and i came up with:

    double integral fx dydx where inner integral is from y=sqrt(xa) to y=x and the outer integral is from x=0 to x=a

    but i dont think this is right because when i use this for f(x) i get an impossible answer (ill spare you the details)

    Any help would be appreciated!
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  3. May 2, 2010 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi mikeyrichster! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    (have a square-root: √ and an integral: ∫ and try using the X2 tag just above the Reply box :wink:)
    erm :redface:

    … noooo! :biggrin:
    The area is from (0,0) to (a,a), to the right of the curve x = y2/a, and to the left of the the straight line,

    which is the same as above the straight line and below the curve,

    so your solution looks ok to me (except that the inner limits are the wrong way round). :smile:
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